The project “Legal Assistance for Stateless Persons in the Republic of Moldova” was implemented by CDA in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America in the Republic of Moldova under a grant agreement from 01.10.22 to 30.09.23.
CDA directly assisted 59 persons in documentation and citizenship proceedings and referred 2 individual cases to the court.
In addition to direct assistance to the beneficiaries, CDA has advocated for legislative changes to provide for the guaranteed right to Moldovan citizenship for every child born in our country. This concerns the amendment of the Law on the Citizenship of the Republic of Moldova No. 1024/2000 and other normative acts related to the simplification of the procedure for acquiring the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova. The efforts CDA have been successful. These amendments have been implemented and will enter into force on 1 November 2023.
CDA organized three round tables on statelessness and documentation issues with the participation of more than 70 people, representatives of the authorities responsible for documentation and naturalization of stateless persons, lawyers, social workers.
Through its network of advisers in the country, CDA informed local authorities about CDA’s free legal assistance in statelessness cases. The Association has also signed cooperation agreements with some district social assistance directorates and town halls in the Republic of Moldova, in order to increase the efficiency of assistance to stateless persons.
As a result, with the involvement of local public authorities, 26 undocumented persons have turned to CDA for assistance, 15 of whom were documented with Moldovan identity cards. The project period coincided with the war in Ukraine, and the need for close collaboration with Ukrainian colleagues arose. CDA cooperated with the Ukrainian NGO ’10 Kvitnea’ to help undocumented people who needed legal